Obama: We ‘are all rooting for’ Trump to succeed as President
President Obama has said that he is “rooting for” Donald Trump to be a successful US President.
Mr Obama made a speech following Hillary Clinton’s concession speech in which she called for Trump to be given a chance to lead.
He said “we are now all rooting for [Trump’s] success” as President, in the hope that he will be successful in “uniting and leading” the US as one.
Despite noting that Clinton and Trump have some “pretty significant differences”, which he said was “no secret”, he compared their polarised opinions to his differences with George Bush.
He said: “One thing you realise quickly in this job is that the presidency and vice presidency is bigger than all of us”.
Concluding, Mr Obama paid tribute to Secretary Clinton for her service and public life.
He said he “could not be prouder” of Clinton for her “extraordinary life of public service”.
Adding: “She was a great first lady, she was an outstanding senator for the state of New York and she could not have been a better secretary of state.”
He also invited Mr Trump to the White House before he ends his term in the hope that they can stage a successful transition.
The US Presidential election was last night called for Trump, who won a shock victory over rival Clinton.
Secretary Clinton had held a narrow lead in polls ahead of the vote, but Mr Trump built up a lead in the electoral college system by taking swing states of Florida and North Carolina.
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